Thursday, May 31, 2007

Georgie Anne Geyer in Her Own Words

This opinion piece appearing in the Dallas News by conservative Georgie Anne Geyer should be read by every high school graduate. It foretells a future that we can only hope never becomes realized. In part;
The White House sees terrorists as born, not created by history, bearing the mark of Cain, not the mark of circumstance. There is a scarlet "T" written on their foreheads at birth and the only answer is to destroy them. This kind of thinking, of course, relieves the thinker of any responsibility for the presence of the insurgent-terrorist-whatever in our innocent midst.

What's more, there is not much real give in the administration's policies. True, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other American diplomats met Memorial Day weekend with the Iranians in Baghdad (a good first move but limited, since the Iranians have most of the power because of our incredible stupidity in Iraq). But by all reports, President Bush is more convinced than ever of his righteousness.

Friends of his from Texas were shocked recently to find him nearly wild-eyed, thumping himself on the chest three times while he repeated "I am the president!" He also made it clear he was setting Iraq up so his successor could not get out of "our country's destiny."

The truth of the steadily deteriorating situation in the Middle East is, of course, quite different. The Palestinian people of 40 and even 30 years ago were formal, conservative people who remained closely tied to their families, clans and religious groups. Theirs was a highly stratified society, which has now been shattered.

In the institutional vacuum that is a camp like Nahr el-Bared, a few hundred men trained and tempered in Iraq can make a huge difference. At the same time, the Turkish military is ready to go into northern Kurdistan, al-Qaeda operatives from Iraq are popping up in hitherto untouched places, and the American military's advice to its troops is, "Get down with the people – listen to them!" Only four years and thousands of bombs and night missions too late.
If our country still has a destiny guided by democracy and not the ravings of a madman then I suggest that today's high school graduates learn to vote.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Tony Blair didn't seem like somebody who would get into bed with a madman in an ideologically-based escapade when I voted for him. He ignored me and a few millions more Brits who jumped up and down and said "please don't invade Iraq, it won't turn out well". What can you do? Personally I am planning to vote for the Monster Raving loony Party next time.

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